Antique Filipino Santos, estimated 18th century. San Roque is the patron saint of dogs, dog lovers, cattle, invoked against wounds, cancer and other contagious diseases. Approx. 8"Tx3"W.
The story and history of Saint Roch. Saint Roch was born in 1295 at Montpelier, France into a wealthy and noble family. At the age of twenty he gave away his considerable fortune to become a pilgrim. Saint Roch devoted his whole life to the service of those who fell victims to the plague; consequently his intercession is invoked by the pious in times of pestilence. St. Roch was himself stricken down in the desert by the plague, and in that dread situation, though cut off from all human kind, was miraculously fed every day by a dog bringing him a loaf of bread. Roch travelled for many years but eventually he returned to Montpellier where he was arrested and imprisoned for being a spy. He lived in the prison for five years until his death in 1327.
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